Va. Assembly Passes Bill Targeting Patent Trolls

Law360, New York (March 6, 2014, 1:52 PM EST) -- Virginia's General Assembly passed a bill Wednesday designed to crack down on misleading demand letters by so-called patent trolls, establishing criteria for when patent infringement allegations have been made in bad faith.

The bill, sponsored by Delegate Israel O'Quinn and aimed at nonpracticing entities, would prohibit sending licensing fee demand letters that include false statements, assert infringement claims previously found to be baseless in court, or fail to identify the owner of the allegedly infringed patents or explain how the targeted company infringed.

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